Go with the FLOW: Implementation of a psychological skills intervention in an exercise program for post-bariatric surgery patients
Bariatric surgery is an effective obesity treatment; however, most individuals regain weight following surgery. Following a Lifestyle of Wellness (FLOW) is a psychological skills intervention with strategies designed to increase self-efficacy and promote living a healthy lifestyle including regular physical activity. Eleven participants completed FLOW. Results indicated participants enjoyed the program and intended to continue this lifestyle upon program completion. Interviews indicated FLOW was effective for improving self-perceptions, and exercise motivation. The most effective sessions were goal setting, future planning, and stress management. Suggestions for program improvement were provided. This information can be used to improve the FLOW program and for implementation into other settings.
bariatric surgery, behavior change, exercise behavior, obesity, physical activity, self-efficacy, social cognitive theory
Powell, Sara M., Kimberley S. Fasczewski, Diane L. Gill, and Paul G. Davis. "Go with the FLOW: Implementation of a psychological skills intervention in an exercise program for post-bariatric surgery patients." Journal of health psychology (2018).
Journal of health psychology